One person has been arrested after a situation was diffused at The Boeing Company.
A fire alarm sent the Berkeley police and fire departments to Boeing Wednesday morning where suspicious chemicals were located, according to KSDK. KMOV originally reported the discovery as a working meth lab. But police have only confirmed the chemicals that triggered the alarm as precursors to making methamphetamine. Hazelwood Patch is awaiting a return phone call from the Berkeley Police Department to confirm if there was a meth lab involved.
Philip Carder, a Boeing spokesman, emailed Hazelwood Patch a statement on the situation and said any arrest made is a police matter.
“Local law enforcement agencies were contacted earlier today to investigate suspicious items discovered by Boeing fire officials in an office area following a fire alarm activation. Boeing is cooperating with law enforcement officials as they continue their investigation. Boeing St. Louis continues normal operations.”
The Berkeley Police Department originally called in the St. Louis County Bureau of Drug Enforcement Meth Unit to help with a situation that occurred in Building 105 on the Boeing campus. St. Louis County Police Spokesman George Vaughn said the special unit was disregarded.
"We were requested by Berkeley, but request was cancelled prior to our arrival," he said.
The plant is located at the Hazelwood border in Berkeley at the intersection of Banshee and James S. McDonnell Boulevard. KMOV also reports two Boeing employees were involved.
Vaughn said the Berkeley Police Department is a member of the North St. Louis County Bureau of Drug Enforcement Meth Unit, which in past has utilized the St Charles County Sheriff's Department for dismantling services.
Berkeley Chief of Police Frank McCall Jr. said the department removed the chemicals, and St. Charles County experts were called in to examine the chemical components.
Charges are pending so any individuals arrested will not be identified until formal filing.